Watch: Governor Raimondo, Department of Health provide COVID-19 update | June 22

Providence, RI – Governor Gina Raimondo and the Department of Health will host a press briefing at 1 pm today to provide an update on COVID-19 in Rhode Island.

What’s Up Newp will carry it live and provide updates below.

The Latest Rhode Island Data

RIDOH reports today an additional 25 new positive cases (total now 16,459), 5 new associated fatalities (total now 903), 106 are currently hospitalized (18 in ICU, 15 on a ventilator).

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Updates From Press Briefing

Gov: Says RI is number 1 in the US for testing. Says over the weekend Rhode Island passed 200,000 tests, or about 20% of the population.

Gov: Her hope to start Phase III on June 30th. Gov. says she will roll out further Phase III guidelines on Wednesday and Friday of this week.

Gov: Says all state beaches hit capacity by mid-day Saturday. Beach policy changes to be announced on Sunday.

Gov: Urges all businesses to complete their COVID-19 control plan and have it handy.

Gov: $41k already raised from Rhode Islanders for the weR! fund that she launched on Friday. rifoundation.org with more info.

Gov: Repeats initiative for landlords to make available rental units for housing insecure with incentive of @k bonus for first unit and $500 more for each additional unit.

Director of Health: Overall good numbers, says the numbers haven’t been this low since early April.

Director of Health: Nine new deaths since Friday. Of these, 9, 2 were in 50’s, 1 in 70s, 2 in 80s, 3 in 90s, 1 older than 100 years old.

This story is developing and will be updated throughout the day.

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